Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Origami Butterfly Tutorial - Take A Deep Breath!

I posted this origami butterfly card last week and many of you asked if I could do a tutorial on it. So here it is!

With Origami you really need to see each step clearly as it can be confusing the first time you make anything. There are 11 steps shown here!

I suggest you use a piece of plain computer paper the first time you try to make this butterfly. Once you get it - you can whip them out in just a couple of minutes! It may take a few tries to figure out the folds so don't get discouraged. I hope my pictures help you visualize them.

To make the small butterflies that end up to be about 1 3/4" x 2 " I used a piece of Origami paper 2" x 3". I purchased my paper at The Paper Source but there are many places to get it. I like the colors/patterns they have and you can see all of the pieces that you are buying - most packages you only see the first and last piece so you're not always sure what's in between!


For this tutorial I'm using a piece of Origami paper 4 x 6 and it makes a butterfly about 3" x 4". I made this one bigger so you could hopefully see the steps better. The smaller 2" x 3" size is best for regular size cards if that's what you are making them for.

You should use a piece of double sided Origami paper - ie. printed on each side - since both sides end up showing and it makes it more colorful. Note: Although you can use any kind of paper, it needs to be light weight so you can make good creases and folds. Origami paper is best.

So - let's take a deep breath and get started on it! My husband, Kent, was the photographer for me since both of my hands were busy!!


Step 1: Hold paper with the longer side at top and bottom, front side up.

Step 2: Fold in half bringing top down to meet bottom and crease.

Step 3: Open the paper back up, turn it over & rotate it so that the short side is at top and bottom (Note - I had already made a butterfly out of this piece so you can see many folds - yours will only show the center fold!)


Step 4: Fold in half bringing the top down to the bottom and crease.



Step 5: Lift right side up to the existing vertical center crease - open the edges on the right side and squash fold it (push the top fold down towards you where my right index finger is)


so it makes a triangle.

Crease the edges.


Step 6: Flip it over - front to back




It will now look like this.

Step 7: Lift up the right side to the center and squash fold this side - pushing the top down to form a triangle.

and crease it.


Step 8: Rotate it so the triangle is at the bottom.




Step 9: Fold down the top inner corners




and crease.




Step 10: Now unfold those creases you just made - open the layers at the top and push the edge inside on the same creases (push where my right index finger is) - this is called a reverse fold. Do this on both sides.


It will now look like this. We're almost done!



Step 11: Fold down the front wings from the top on each side.



Done! Phew! Good Job!

And here is a 5 x 5 card I made to show you a large and 2 small butterflies. I used this designer paper as background as I thought it looked sort of like the bark of a tree where butterflies might be hanging out!

This Origami Butterfly design was created by Ralph Matthews from England. It is just one of the many Origami projects in the book called "Minigami" by Gay Merrill Gross published by Firefly books. I highly recommend this book. It has patterns for dresses, hats, purses, ducks, flowers and pots, fish, stars, penguins, santa and many others! I purchased mine at Borders Books and you can also find it on Amazon.com

Please let me know what you think of my tutorial and if you make some butterflies please link back here so I can see what you created!

Thought for the day from Poor Richard's Almanac: "The good or ill hap of a good or ill life, is the good or ill choice of a good or ill wife".

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Paptertrey Ink

Ink: Pitch Black Adirondack

Paper: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, DP: K& Co., Origami papers

Supplies: oval punches, Dimensionals

50 comments:

Louise said...

Wow this is beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial!

Louise C.

Bunny B said...

Great tutorial! Your husband's so cool to take all those pics :)

dpkennedy said...

This card is gorgeous! Love the pp you used and the three sizes of butterflies! Thank you so much for your generousity for sharing this with us! That was really nice of you!!

Linsey said...

these are just beautiful, Julia! The very detailed tutorial and wonderful visuals are fantastic! I will give this project a try and let you know how it goes! They won't be this lovely, that's for sure! TFS! hugs~

LeAnne said...

Wow, what a wonderful tutorial---a lot of time went into that, Julia!
Thanks for sharing....I would like to try this!
LeAnne

Carolyn (snowmanqueen) said...

Great job on the tutorial Julia! May have to try making one of your butterflies!

Beverly aka beestamper said...

wow! thanks for a fabulous tutorial.. I will definitely be trying this a little later..
Beverly

MommyStamper said...

This was a beautiful card. I found you from SCS. The mother's day card on there is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial. I can't wait to make some!!!

kawaii crafter said...

great tutorial, I'm going to have to make some these

Anonymous said...

Oh wow!! This is outstanding. So creative! Thanks for taking the time to create the tutorial!
Elizabeth Bead Diva

Mothermark said...

It's awesome Julia....what wonderful butterflies! Great job on the tutorial!

SmilynStef said...

I used your wonderful tutorial for one of my Caard{varks} tags of the month ... thanks for the inspiration!

Maren said...

AMAZING!! Thank you for sharing!!

suvina said...

whoa! this is amazing!!!
thanks. you make it really easy :D

- -anne said...

great tutorial! it took me a few tries, but i finally got it. mine aren't anywhere as good as yours, but they look like butterflies. thanks so much for posting this!

--anne

Anonymous said...

These are by far the prettiest origami butterflies!!! Your tutorial is going to help make my wedding reception look amazing!!! Thanks :o)

Beverly said...

Loved the butterfly origami tutorial. Thanks for posting it and thanks for telling me about it!

Anonymous said...

I searched the internet for a simple origami butterfly as I have to make about 100 for my daughters first birthday decorations. This is by far the most beautiful one and such an easy to follow and fabulous tutorial. Many thanks

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I would like to do this butterfly but i don't know what does it mean the paper size is 3" x 4" or 2" x 3"....
I am hungarian. I don't know the english measures.
Can you help me?

Beth said...

thank you for the tutorial. i was looking for a simple design for my mum's easter present. i've also done a peacock which i am going to lacquer and make into a keyring, these will probably make a necklace! thank you for the photos too. they made it really simple. bethX

Carys said...

i was in maths and we had to make origami butterflies!
i used your site and it was really easy and made a cool butterfly!
thank you ! :)

xxx

carys

chinx said...

hi julia..thanks to ur husbands great photos and ur lovely instructions i was able to create beautiful butterflies!!!thanks again..
ayesha
mumbai
india

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Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this great demonstration. I have made 2 beautiful butterflies. I plan to make more and to check out the book you mentioned.

anke-art said...

This is gorgeous, thanks for the detailed instructions! I've been looking all over the internet for this exact butterly pattern, and now I'm happy to have found your site. Very inspiring!

Lynda said...

I have to make 90 butterflies by the end of today. I think I have been to every possible butterfly site trying to find an easy-to-follow set of instructions. Yours is the only one that delivers what it promises. The instructions are so clear and the pictures are incredibly helpful. Thank you so much. (only 80 to go now!)

Rhea said...

this is wonderful :) thank you for the very clear instructions... I'm going to make earrings out of these :)

Anonymous said...

Hi this project turn out to be a good one very easy instructions to follow, and I feel like I accomplish something, thank you

Sarah said...

Love this tutorial, of all the origami butterflies I've tried recently this is by far the nicest looking for the ease of it's making! Love it =D

Rouran Shiranui said...

wow.. what a great pict n tutor..
i wished to share this...
asked 1st..
:D

dinithi said...

This is a beautiful paper butterfly and thank you for the great instructions :)
I'm following this cause to make 1,500,000 butterflies http://www.hmh.org/ed_butterfly1.shtml
And I would like to share your tutorial with others interested in above cause through my blog. Is it ok for me to use a link to this tutorial?

devene said...

that was the most cool butterfly every

Lisa said...

Thank you so much for this great tutorial! I've been looking for a simple origami butterfly to translate into cloth and I think this one is it!

Juanita Tortilla said...

Hi Julia,

I have been looking for ages for the perfect, easy butterfly origami to make. Your tutorial is wonderfully clear, and I am now really excited about making these butterflies!

Thank you so much for sharing!

Juanita

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thanks so much for this! I have spent the last hour trying to find an easy butterfly to fold that does not start from a square as I'm trying to fold money into a butterfly.

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Andra said...

i really like your butterfly origami but o couldn't find anywhere the diagram for it. do you have the diagram for it? can you post it or give a link to it? thank you

Katie Morris said...

Thank you so much! I'm an art teacher and I've been looking through results on origami butterflies for over an hour and getting really frustrated! The photos are so much easier for me to understand than black and white illustrations with all the arrows and lines!

Ananda said...

I Loved this tutorial so much! Thank you. My fiance and myself will be using this to make sembazaru for our wedding instead of cranes because we still give each other butterflies - I featured your tutorial on my blog here: http://glickwedding.blogspot.com/2011/01/one-thousand-butterflies.html

tamsininamania said...

Have been looking for ages for this particular butterfly. It absolutely fabulous...cheers tam.

tamsininamania said...

Ohh and i see others have featured your tutorial too, wow good job.

Anonymous said...

i loved the butterfly. very nicely explained. thanks

Anonymous said...

I couldn't believe how easy your very detailed photographic tutorial was to follow. You really have a knack for teaching. Thank you so much for the effort it took to produce this.

Ann

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PY.R.L said...

The butterfly is the prettiest one I've seen! I like to make hand-made cards for friends and family, and right now I'm starting on one for a friend's birthday. She loves butterflies so I think she will love it! Thanks heaps!

PS: The section for the crease of the wings were a little hard to understand but after playing around with it, it seemed to be so simple!

Anonymous said...

This was fantastic! I just made the most fantastic butterfly for my friend for her birthday because of how wonderfully detailed and easy to follow this was. Thank you!

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Essy said...

Such a clear tutorial, thank you! Time to get busy!

Maya Oren-Dahan said...

Thanks for the fabulous tutorial. Here is what I made: http://mayadahan.blogspot.com/2014/03/three-cards.html

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